The University of New Mexico’s Child Abuse Prevention Partnership (NM-CAPP) is hosting its third annual Precious Gems Gala April 11, 5:30-10:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Albuquerque, 330 Tijeras Ave. NW.

The public is invited to Precious Gems for a dazzling evening of dining and dancing, and a silent auction, to raise funds and awareness for the prevention of child abuse in New Mexico. Tickets are $100 per person, or a table of 10 for $1,000. Proceeds will go directly to NM-CAPP, a group born of UNM Children’s Hospital and Carrie Tingley Hospital frontline leadership, physicians and staff who see daily the effects of child abuse in our state.

In 2010, New Mexico had the second highest rate of deaths in the nation at 3.74 per 100,000. In 2009, New Mexico had 30,235 total referrals for child abuse and neglect, and 3,328 children were indicated as abused or neglected; a rate of 11.2 per 1,000 children.

Recent data culled for 2013 suggests some improvement in New Mexico in the area of child abuse, with death-by-abuse decreasing by 56 percent and sexual abuse decreasing by 7 percent, according to NM CAPP Executive Director Dr. Susan Miller. Unfortunately, physical abuse increased by 4 percent, and child neglect increased by 21 percent over the same period.

NM-CAPP is a consortium of stakeholders throughout the state, each with its own mission relating to child abuse prevention, coming together to eliminate child abuse. The collaboration of NM-CAPP with these stakeholder organizations provides a structured, unified, diverse and comprehensive approach to the prevention of child abuse. NM CAPP

The New Mexico Child Abuse Prevention Partnership provides public awareness regarding child abuse through the use of public service announcements, statewide advertising campaigns and fundraising activities.

  • NM-CAPP brings education to our NM families in nurturing, parenting, and skills for life.
  • NM-CAPP supports our stakeholders in their initiatives and forges collaborations with State and local agencies throughout NM.
  • NM-CAPP promotes research, education, public policy, access, and change.

For more information on NM-CAPP, visit http://nmcapp.unm.edu/. For more information on the Precious Gems Gala, visit http://nmcapp.unm.edu/events/preciousgems.html.